The Jacksonville Jaguars may finally get to see a more balanced offense this week when the team gets Blaine Gabbert back against the Colts.
Following the team’s 45-17 loss to Seattle Sunday, head coach Gus Bradley made the announcement on Monday, that the third year passer will start now that his hand is healed from not only a thumb fracture, but a laceration that required 15 stitches.
Backup quarterback Chad Henne did yeoman’s work in two losses to Oakland and the Seahawks, but was not able to wrestle the job away from the incumbent starter.
“We feel good about him going into this week,” the Jaguars’ first-year head coach said of Gabbert on Monday,
Can Gabbert, who had issues in the team’s opening game against Kansas City, essentially come off the bench and give this team the shot in the arm it needs?
Gabbert, the starter to start the regular season, had the last of 15 stitches removed from his right (throwing) hand before Sunday’s game. He missed the two games after sustaining the laceration on his hand on the final series of a season-opening loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Even with the injury and the inability to play, Gabbert has been active in practice, and played with the scout team on Friday in preparation for the game against the dominant Seahawks.
“Bradley said he played well in that situation, Gabbert’s first time running with the scout team this season.”
Now, after meeting the best team in NFL, the Colts come to town with a new running back (Trent Richardson) and a flamethrower in Andrew Luck who just beat the 49ers and his former college coach, Jim Harbaugh.
In other news…
* The Jaguars suffered to huge blows to their secondary on Sunday. Safety Dwight Lowery sustained a concussion on the first series Sunday and will enter the concussion protocol program, Bradley said. Bradley also said cornerback Will Blackmon sustained a head contusion Sunday that was not diagnosed as a concussion.
* Tight end Marcedes Lewis seems to be coming along. The tight end continues to improve from a lingering calf injury. Bradley said he could play on Sunday. Lewis has not played a regular season game yet this season.
* Lost in all the blowout news on Sunday was the fact Cecil Shorts had a career day. The wide receiver caught eight passes for 143 yards. Most of his yards, 128 of them on seven catches, were in the second half when the game was seriously out of hand.